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Annual Cleveland Dragon Boat Races

Annual Cleveland Dragon Boat Races
Cuyahoga River - Flats West Bank
August 7, 2010

The 4th annual Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival was held on the Cuyahoga River Saturday August 7, 2010. Teams from local and regional companies and organizations competed.

Cleveland Dragon Boat Team - Raiders of the Lost Paddle

Raiders of the Lost Paddle



Cleveland Dragon Boat Team - Mov'n Dragons (Mid Ohio Valley)

Mov'n Dragons (Mid Ohio Valley)

Cleveland Dragon Boat Team - Paddles for Peace (Pittsburgh)

Paddles for Peace (Pittsburgh)

Cleveland Dragon Boat Team - Dragon Flies - Gathering Place

Dragon Flies - The Gathering Place

Cleveland Dragon Boat Team Fugu

Team Fugu

Cleveland Dragon Boat Team - Dragon Dream Team

Cleveland Dragon Boat Team - Indy Survivoars

Dragon Boat racing incorporates high energy, fitness, team building and recreational exercise in a fun and competitive atmosphere!

Dragon Boat heads


It is an excellent recreational sport for men and women of all ages and fitness levels. Individual strength is less important than teamwork, coordination and cooperation.

Michael the Dragon Boat Race MC

Michael the Dragon Boat Race MC

Introduction and welcome to the Dragon Boat Races


Dragon Boat racing is an exciting event for participants and spectators alike. The sport is growing in popularity throughout the world and is an excellent team building activity for friends and co-workers.

All net proceeds from the Festival were donated to The Gathering Place. The Gathering Place is a caring community that supports, educates and empowers individuals and families touched by cancer through programs and services provided free of charge.

One of the most interesting part of the day is the Awakening of the Dragons by a Buddhist Monk. Venerable Shih Ying-Fa served as the Blessing Master and prayed and then painted the eyes on the dragons to awaken them.

Buddhist Monk Venerable Shih Ying-Fa as Blessing Master of Dragon Boats

Venerable Shih Ying-Fa



Buddhist Monk as Blessing Master of Dragon Boats paints the eyes of the dragons to awaken them

Musical performances take place as the teams get ready. The Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble performed several traditional pieces at the Festival. This first is a Tai Chi musical performance followed by a Kung Fu piece.

Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble



Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble at Dragon Boat Races



Then a young Chinese student sang a Dragon Boat song a cappella at the Cleveland Dragon Boat Races on the Cuyahoga River.

Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble at Dragon Boat Races

The crowd learned to respond in Chinese when she asks who will take her across the river.



Then it was off to the boats for the beginning of the Dragon Boat races.



Enjoy these images from the Cleveland Dragon Boat Races

Dragon Boat Blessing Master

Dragon Boat Blessing Master


Dragon Boat Race Fans

Dragon Boat Race Fans


Amanda and James Cotton

Amanda and James Cotton


Dragon Boat Race

Dragon Boat Race


Dragon Boats

Dragon Boats


Dragon Boat Blessing Master

Blessing the Dragons


Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble

Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble


Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble


Dog in boat watching race

Not all of the audience watched from the shore




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